John 1:46 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

John 1:46, NIV: "Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?' Nathanael asked. 'Come and see,' said Philip."

John 1:46, ESV: "Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.”"

John 1:46, KJV: "And Nathanael said unto him, Can there any good thing come out of Nazareth? Philip saith unto him, Come and see."

John 1:46, NASB: "Nathanael said to him, 'Can anything good be from Nazareth?' Philip *said to him, 'Come and see.'"

John 1:46, NLT: "'Nazareth!' exclaimed Nathanael. 'Can anything good come from Nazareth?' 'Come and see for yourself,' Philip replied."

John 1:46, CSB: "“Can anything good come out of Nazareth? ” Nathanael asked him. “Come and see,” Philip answered."

What does John 1:46 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Nazareth was southwest of the Sea of Galilee, and a very small community, probably less than 500 people during Jesus' lifetime. It was located north of Jerusalem, well beyond Samaria. Being so small, and not adjacent to major cities, it was the last place one would expect anything interesting to happen. Calling someone a "Nazarene" would have been like referring to them as a "bumpkin," or even a "hillbilly." Nathanael's question is more than a little sarcastic. He assumes that Nazareth couldn't produce much of worth, let alone the Promised One. Philip's response is not to argue, but simply to invite. He knows already that talking about Jesus is nothing like meeting Him in person. Philip's invitation also echoes the one Jesus gave to Andrew and John in verse 39. Too many people want God to come to them—usually in some kind of miracle or overt message—but knowing Him is as simple as making a decision to draw closer to Him.